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City of license St. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast area Greater St. Louis
Branding Fresh 102.5
Slogan More Music, Better Variety
Frequency 102.5 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 102.5-2 FM Contemporary Christian "The Spirit"
102.5-3 FM News/Talk (KMOX simulcast)
First air date 1972
Format Stunting (80's Hits)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 309 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 13507
Transmitter coordinates 38°34′24″N 90°19′30″W / 38.57333°N 90.32500°W / 38.57333; -90.32500Coordinates: 38°34′24″N 90°19′30″W / 38.57333°N 90.32500°W / 38.57333; -90.32500
Affiliations Westwood One
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations KMOX, KYKY
Webcast Listen Live
Website fresh1025.com

KEZK-FM (102.5 FM, "Fresh 102.5") is a radio station licensed to St. Louis, Missouri. The station serves the St. Louis and southwestern Illinois areas. The station is currently owned by CBS Radio. and features programing from Westwood One.[1] The station is also broadcast on HD radio.[2] The station's studios are in downtown St. Louis across from the Gateway Arch, and a transmitter site is in Shrewsbury.

KEZK's HD2 subchannel broadcasts The Spirit, a contemporary Christian music format which includes faith-based music from mainstream artists along with artists from the contemporary Christian genre. The Spirit is also available online on the station's website. The Spirit is programmed by longtime on-air personality Stel Pontikes[who?].


KEZK's last logo as "Soft Rock 102.5", used until December 2010.

KEZK first went on-the-air as an easy-listening standards station owned by Heftel Broadcasting in 1972 (prior to that, the frequency had been occupied by listener-supported KDNA, later reincarnated as KDHX at 88.1 MHz). In 1991, KEZK shifted to its current adult contemporary format, playing music mostly from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, as well as some of today's hits.

Jeff Kapugi became KEZK's Program Director in November 2010, replacing Mark Edwards.[3]

On December 27, 2010, the station rebranded from "Soft Rock 102.5 KEZK" to "Fresh 102.5",[4] adopting the brand used on sister CBS stations WWFS, WCFS-FM, and WIAD. However, while those three stations have playlists more closely resembling hot adult contemporary stations, KEZK continues to feature '70s artists such as Billy Joel and Chicago,[4] indicating that this is more of a rebranding than a format change; sister station KYKY already broadcasts a hot AC format. The station will also be looking for a new morning show host, as Ed Goodman will be departing.[5] Goodman was replaced by former KMOX radio talk show host John Carney. Carney would later be replaced by Vic Porcelli and Trish Gazall.

After the other three Fresh FM stations (WIAD Washington, D.C., WCFS-FM Chicago and WWFS New York City) of CBS Radio dropped AC in favor of hot adult contemporary (except in Chicago) in 2011, KEZK-FM was the last AC station using the Fresh branding.

On May 22, 2015 at about 8:30 AM, 102.5 began stunting by playing 80s music while keeping the "Fresh" name, promoting "a new sound and a new station name" to occur Tuesday at 7:05 AM.


In 2007, the station was nominated for the top 25 markets Adult Contemporary station of the year award by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WMJX in Boston, KOST in Los Angeles, WALK-FM in Nassau, New York, WLTW in New York, and WBEB in Philadelphia.[6]


The morning show features Vic Porcelli and Trish Gazall along with traffic from Sue Thomas (5-9am). Other on-air hosts include Steph Duran (middays 9-2pm), Greg Hewitt with traffic from Sue Thomas (afternoons 2-7pm), and Stel Pontikes (12am-5am). Weekends include Elaine Everett, Jackie McCoy, Curt Allen, and Sabrina. KEZK airs the John Tesh radio show on Sunday mornings from 7-10am. KEZK aired the syndicated Delilah 7pm-12am nightly until May 2012, when the station discontinued syndication.


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Radio Ink
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

On Friday morning, KEZK-FM/St. Louis dropped its normal AC format and its branding as Fresh 102.5. For the remainder of the Memorial Day weekend, the station is stunting by playing all 80s music. On Tuesday morning at 7:05am, KEZK will reveal its new ...
St.Louis Review
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:31:13 -0800

One sure sign of the holiday season in St. Louis is Christmas carols on the radio. This year the Archdiocese of St. Louis is sponsoring the annual six-week programming of carols on KEZK-FM 102.5. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson explained, "In support of ...


Mon, 05 Jan 2015 08:50:06 -0800

Ed Goodman, whose baritone boomed on St. Louis radio for five decades, died Friday from cancer. Goodman began on local radio with KSHE and other stations in the 1970s and 1980s, and then began an 18-year stint at KEZK in 1992. Goodman also was a ...
Radio & Television Business Report
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:10:44 -0700

CBS-Radio-Logo Do you have one of those difficult people on your holiday shopping list? You know, the ones who just aren't going to be satisfied with a necktie or costume jewelry of a can of Simonize under the tree. Well, CBS honcho Les Moonves might ...
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:24:10 -0700

CARNEY'S OUT • After 15 months on the air at KEZK (102.5 FM), John Carney broadcast his last show today. "I did the show this morning and went into a meeting and that was that," Carney said in a phone interview today. "It was not ugly — I wish them ...
Radio Ink
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:23:35 -0700

CBS Radio has three stations in St. Louis: Newstalker KMOW-AM, AC KEZK-FM, and Hot AC KYKY-FM. Morton will also take over as GSM for KMOX-AM. He previously served as GSM for CBS RADIO Dallas' KRLD-FM (Sports), KJKK-FM (Adult Hits), and ...
Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:03:39 -0700

A small item in Friday's newspaper noted that CBS Radio St. Louis is consolidating its three local stations into one building. "KMOX-AM, KEZK-FM and Y98 will move into the Park Pacific, a mixed-use office and condo building at the corner of Olive ...
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:31:00 -0700

KMOX-AM, KEZK-FM and Y98 will move into the Park Pacific, a mixed-use apartment and office building at the corner of Olive St. and Tucker Blvd, according to Market Manager John Sheehan. They will take the entire third floor, about 24,000 square feet ...

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